Lot 25: Ken Heyman

Israel, Orthodox Jewish Ceremony
Silver gelatin print
9 x 13.3 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

BIO: Ken Heyman was a Magnum photographer. He shot over 150 assignments for Life magazine, has authored 54 books, and is a founder of the International Center of Photography. Through his 20-year collaboration with Dr. Margaret Mead, Heyman traveled to more than 60 countries and co-authored two acclaimed books with the distinguished anthropologist, helping define visual anthropology and revolutionizing perceptions of cultural diversity. Heyman’s contemporary work includes Hip Shots, a series of images revealing people in their most candid, simple, and purest form. His work was showcased in a dual-site retrospective at CEPA Gallery and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (2007). Following the success of Ken Heyman: Being Human, CEPA Gallery was awarded an American Masterpieces Visual Arts Touring Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. www.kenheyman.photoshelter.com

STATEMENT: I was in Israel and heard of a ceremony in the North. I arrived and got to the Temple. Only to discover that it was a highly Orthodox ceremony. Fortunately the caretaker was American and saw that I wanted to photograph it. He said “come with me,” and led me up to the roof, where I had a good vantage point and with my telescopic lens, took this photograph.

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